Archive for September, 2011

17’s Edge Out Motherwell

September 26, 2011

Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

Rangers Under 17’s edged out Motherwell in an entertaining game at Murray Park tonight. It was a young Rangers side with Craig Halkett and Charlie Telfer being the only 2nd years in the squad.

The visitors had the first real chance after fifeteen minutes when Greg Pascazio slipped and it left the Motherwell striker clear but a heavy touch allowed Liam Kelly to come out and gather easily. Eight minutes later Kelly got down to his right to save a shot from 25yards.

Motherwell continued to threaten and Rangers keeper Liam Kelly blocked a shot with his legs after the visitors worked a chance on the left hand side of the box. Rangers took the lead just after the half-hour, Dylan Dykes played the ball forward to CharlieTelfer and his pass freed Danny Stoney inside the box to shoot past the keeper.

Motherwell came close again before the break after a move down the right, and a shot at the far post after a low cross was just wide of Kelly’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Motherwell 0

Six minutes after the break Telfer fed Scott Roberts on the right, Danny Stoney latched on to his low cross at the back post and the Motherwell keeper diverted his shot wide for a corner. Two minutes later when  ‘Well broke forward a break of the ball sent them clear on the right hand side of the penalty box and Kelly had to dive to his right to save.

The Rangers keeper Kelly bettered that with a brilliant save just after the hour, Ryan Sinnamon was dispossessed inside the box but Kelly not only stopped but held the shot at point blank range. The ball went straight to the other end and Danny Stoney latched on to a slack pass back and found the corner of the net with a great finish.

The visitors got the consolation goal they deserved with three minutes on the clock, it was a fine first time finish from a left wing cross that gave keeper Kelly no chance.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon (Robert McLardie 66mins), Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Jamie Mills; Scott Roberts (Ross Kellock 66mins), Charlie Telfer, Dylan Dykes (Connor McLeod 69 mins), Tom Walsh, Kjeld McIntyre ( Luke Hammond 61mins); Danny Stoney.

Dominant 17’s Lose To Only Goal

September 22, 2011

Celtic 1 Rangers 0

Rangers under 17’s will be wondering how they failed to take something from their opening Glasgow Cup section match against Celtic at Lennoxtown tonight. A missed penalty and failure to turn almost total domination in the second half against ten man Celtic into goals proved costly.

Rangers created the first chance after five minutes, Stuart Urquhart played the ball out to Jordan Wilson on the left and when his cross found Danny Stoney inside the box the Rangers striker slipped at the vital moment and his effort was weak which Jordan Hart saved easily. Five minutes later Andy Murdoch came to Rangers rescue, when Luca Gasparotto missed a header Paul McMullen was through on goal he lobbed the ball over the advancing Liam Kelly with the Rangers full-back clearing from in front of an empty net.

Rangers went straight to the other end and Darren Ramsay played Stoney through, keeper Hart parried the striker’s effort from a tight angle wide for a corner.  Hart was again in action seven minutes later this time parrying Fraser Aird’s shot after the midfielder broke forward from midfield.

On the half-hour mark Rangers had a great opportunity to take the lead, Ramsay played the ball to Stoney inside the box his superb turn opened up space and just as he was about to pull the trigger he was brought down by Stuart Findlay for a clear penalty and certain red card for the Celtic central defender. Fraser Aird stepped up to take the kick but keeper Jordan Hart produced a great save diving to his right. Four Minutes later the home side came close when a corner from the right was headed wide of Kelly’s left hand post.

On 36 minutes Rangers fell behind, with little danger Fraser Aird lost possession just outside his own penalty area and Paul McMullen broke into the box to shoot past Kelly.

Half-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers o

Three minutes into the second half Rangers were denied by the woodwork, Aird’s cross from the right found its way to Darren McGill on the left hand side of the box and his effort from a narrow angle was parried onto the crossbar by keeper Hart. Four minutes later it was the post that rescued the home side, Aird’s free-kick broke to Luca Gasparotto  his volley hit Hart’s left hand post before rolling along the goal line into the keeper’s arms.

With keeper Liam Kelly now a virtual spectator Rangers continued to press forward and when the ball was cleared to the edge of the box Andy Murdoch’s improvised effort was held under the crossbar by Hart. With twenty minutes remaining Rangers had strong penalty claims when Wilson appeared to be pushed as he was about to get his head to an Aird cross but the referee waved play on.

Rangers thought they had grabbed the equaliser they deserved on 83 minutes when Craig Halkett rose to head Ramsay’s cross from the right into the net but the lineman flagged for offside. That was to prove to be the last chance and Celtic defended to hold out and claim the points.

Full-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers o

Celtic:- Jordan Hart; Paul Hinley, Owen O’Connell, Stuart Findlay, Ross Madden; Adam Brown (Jaison McGrath 68mins), Lewis Kidd, Jamie Lindsay, Tim Mjalby; Denny Johnstone, Paul McMullen ( Paul McLellan 74mins)

Not Used:-  Connor Gaffney (GK), Mark Barman, Liam Henderson, Calum Waters

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Andy Murdoch, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Jordan Wilson; Charlie Telfer (Dylan Dykes 86mins), Fraser Aird, Stuart Urquhart, Darren Ramsay, Darren McGill (Jamie Mills 61mins); Danny Stoney (Ryan Sinnamon 76mins)

Not Used:- Sam George (GK), Greg Pazcazio, Tom Walsh, Scott Roberts

Gretna 2008 XI

September 20, 2011

Rangers 4 Gretna 2008 XI 0

Rangers youths, with doubles from Barrie McKay and Callum Gallagher  overcame a Gretna 2008 XI at Murray Park tonight.  After a tame opening period Rangers took the lead on sixteen minutes, the visitors had forced a corner and when it was cleared from the Rangers box Barrie McKay left two Gretna defenders in his wake as he broke from his own half, this left him bearing down on the last defender as he approached the penalty area, a neat side step took him clear to shoot past the keeper.

McKay was again involved just before the half hour mark when he sent Callum Gallagher through on the right hand side of the box but the striker shot across goal and past the far post. His goal was only delayed ten minutes when McKay and Robbie Crawford combined and sent Callum Gallagher through in a similar position and this time he made no mistake nwith a fine finish.

Again McKay was instrumental in Rangers next attack, sending Ewan McNeil charging towards the byline on the right, from the full-back’s cross Gallagher flashed a header across goal and wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Gretna 2008 XI 0

The Gretna keeper was forced into action in the opening minute of the second-half, from Tom Skogrud’s left-wing cross Kamil Wiktorski’s volley appeared to be going wide until Gallagher reacted to divert it goalwards forcing the keeper to save low to his right. Five minutes in Rangers increased their lead, from McKay’s pass Callum Gallagher burst past a defender before rounding the keeper and finding the net from a narrow angle.

On 65 minutes Gallagher was sent crashing on the very edge of the penalty area, from the free-kick Barrie McKay stepped up to find the bottom corner. Five minutes later and it was a free-kick at the other end that called Alan Smith into action with the Rangers keeper diving to his left to parry.

With fifteen minutes remaining  Tom Skogsrud switched play to McKay wide on the right, his pass inside to Aaron McGregor saw the midfielder return possession to McKay with a neat back heel and the winger shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Another five minutes had passed when Crawford picked out the unmarked McKay at the edge of the box from a corner on the left, his powerful shot was parried by the keeper and he then reacted quickly to deny Sam McMahon from the rebound.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Gretna 2008 XI 0

Rangers:- Alan Smith (Blair Currie 75 mins); Ewan McNeil (Aaron McGregor 54mins), Adel Gafaiti, Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud; Barrie McKay, Robbie Crawford, Adam Hunter, Kamil Wiktorski, Robbie McIntyre (Jack Werndly 76mins); Callum Gallagher (Sam McMahon 69mins).

Youths Suffer Heavy Defeat

September 16, 2011

Rangers 2 Hibernian 5

Rangers Under 19’s suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of  Hibs at Murray Park this afternoon. It is perhaps stating the obvious to say it was a poor performance from Billy Kirkwood’s side, especially defensively where the visitors threatened to score with almost every attack.

It took only three minutes for the Edinburgh side to take the lead, Ross Caldwell got to the byline on the right and his cutback gave Danny Handling the simple task of knocking the ball past Alan Smith from the edge of the six yard box. Rangers responded immediately, Kamil Wiktorski passed the ball inside from the left touchline and Lewis McLeod’s shot from 25 yards gave Paul Grant no chance as it found the net via the underside of the crossbar.

On eleven minutes Darren Ramsay’s cross from the right saw Callum Gallagher challenge keeper Grant, with the ball rebounding off the Rangers striker and behind for a goal kick. Hibs then missed two great chances in as many minutes, first Kim Skogsrud was caught in possession by Handing and the striker was through on goal, but he shot across goal and wide of Smith’s right hand post. Then Caldwell found himself clear coming in from the left again the  shot was across goal and wide.

On 28 minutes Adam Hunter’s free-kick from the right saw another duel between keeper Grant and Gallagher this time both missed the ball and it bounced wide. Sixty seconds later Rangers were in front from the penalty spot, McLeod’s superb pass split the defence and sent Callum Gallagher through on goal, as he broke into the box and was about to shoot  he was brought down by Jack Verth for a clear penalty, with keeper Grant diving to his right the Rangers striker just managed to squeeze his spot kick under him and into the net.

Five minutes later the visitor’s were level with a superb individual piece of skill, Ross Caldwell went pass a defender at the left hand angle of the box and his sublime chip left Smith stranded as it found the net at the far post. Four minutes before the break things got worse for the home side when Hibs took the lead from the penalty spot. Phil Addison was unchallenged when he broke forward and when he played in Handing the striker was brought down by Gregor Fotheringham, Ross Caldwell stepped up to send Smith the wrong way from the spot.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 3

In the opening minute of the half Hunter’s dangerous cross from the right had Jordan Forster diving full length to head towards his own goal where he was rescued by keeper Grant who turned the ball round his left hand post for a corner. Hibs had their keeper to thank again on the hour mark, from Ramsay’s  right-wing cross Robbie Crawford’s volley was heading for the bottom corner until the keeper dived to his right to turn the ball wide of the post. Hunter’s cross from the corner bounced of the face of the crossbar and clear.

Less than five minutes later Rangers fell further behind when Hibs were awarded their second penalty of the game, Handling chased a long ball towards the byline on the right hand side of the box, he went down under a challenge from Tom Skogsrud and the referee pointed to the spot. Ross Caldwell stepped up to confidently beat Smith to complete his hat-trick. Rangers misery was complete ten minutes later, Harry Monaghan rising to head Addison’s free-kick from the left past Smith.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 5

Rangers:- Alan Smith; Gregor Fotheringham (Ants Marenghi 46mins), Kyle McAusland, Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud; Darren Ramsay (Jack Werndly 69mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Adam Hunter, Lewis McLeod (Nicolaj Kohlert 83mins), Robbie Crawford; Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Blair Currie (GK), Robbie McIntyre, Adel Gafaiti, Sam McMahon

Hibernian:- Paul Grant; Jamie Doris, Jordan Forster, Jack Verth, Marc Lancaster; Dean Horribine (Sam Stanton 70mins), Harry Monaghan, David Gold, Phil Addison; Danny Handling (Brad Donaldson 84mins), Ross Caldwell (Euan Smith 81mins)

Not Used:- Dougie Horne (GK),  Alex Harris, Jay Doyle, Sam Todd

Youths Meet Stirling Albion

September 14, 2011

Rangers 4 Stirling Albion 1

A Rangers team made up of mainly Under 18 players took on Stirling Albion’s Under 19’s at Murray Park. In difficult wet and windy conditions Rangers ran out comfortable winners.

It took almost twenty minutes for either side to master the conditions and create a chance and it was the home side’s Callum Wyllie cutting in from the right before shooting narrowly over.  For minutes later Rangers took the lead, the goal was constructed down the left by Robbie McIntyre and Matty Clarke, when the ball was passed inside to Sam McMahon he superbly sidestepped a defender before shooting past the keeper from just inside the box.

It wasn’t until the stroke of half-time that either goal was troubled again, with Matty Clarke heading just wide of the keepers left hand post from Callum Wyllie’s cross from the right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Stirling Albion 0

Ten minutes after the break only a good Blair Currie save kept Rangers lead intact, saving low to his left after good play down the left created the chance. Rangers doubled their lead on the hour mark, Ants Marenghi fed the overlapping Robbie McIntyre on the left and the keeper found his shot too hot to handle as he fumbled the ball over the line.

A minute later Marenghi was denied by the woodwork after he cut in from the right past two defenders, his shot clipping the bar on the way over.  Rangers grabbed a third on 70 minutes, McMahon sending Marc Dyer through on goal, he continued into the box before firing home.

Five minutes later it was number four, substitute Jamie Burrows was sent clear and found the net with a great finish across the keeper. The visitors got a deserved goal back with seven minutes remaining, a neat passing move taking them through the centre of Rangers defence and shooting past Currie.

There was still time for McMahon to progress down the right before playing the ball inside to Burrows, the young striker unselfishly setup Matty Clarke for what looked like a certain goal but he shot wide.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Stirling Albion 1

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Kris Gibson (Jamie Burrows), Adel Gafaiti, Luca Gasparotto, Robbie McIntyre; Callum Wyllie, Aaron McGregor, Ants Marenghi, Matty Clarke; Sam McMahon, Marc Dyer.

Youth Update

September 11, 2011

Rangers 3 St.Mirren 0

Today gave me the opportunity to take in the Under 17’s game against St.Mirren at Murray Park. It was a comfortable win in a game they were always in control of against a St. Mirren side that never gave up and competed well without troubling the Rangers goal.

Rangers almost took an early lead when Danny Stoney was sent clear, with the St.Mirren keeper advancing from his line to block. Just before the fifteen minute mark Rangers had an even better chance when Stoney was tripped inside the box, but the the Rangers striker fired the spot kick over the bar.

A few minutes later Stoney again came close to opening the scoring when setup by Fraser Aird, only to be denied by a fingertip save from the keeper to turn the ball on to his right hand post. The visitors threatened briefly just before the half-hour when following a Craig Halkett clearance to the edge of the box the shot was powerful but straight at Liam Kelly.

A few minutes later Andy Murdoch fed Charlie Telfer on the right and he went past the full-back to the byline, his cutback found Stoney who’s effort was blocked with a suspicion of hand ball. Rangers finally made the break through four minutes before the break, good play down the right ended when Telfer’s low cross found Fraser Aird inside the box to shoot past the keeper.

A couple of minutes later Jordan Wilson won the ball in midfield and moved it on to Murdoch who sent it out to Telfer on right his dangerous cross brought a fantastic clearance from the Saints defender under his own crossbar. The goal was only delayed a further minute, Darren McGill’s reverse pass released Danny Stoney and this time the striker slotted the ball past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St. Mirren 0

Just before the hour mark Fraser Aird’s free-kick from the right found the head of Stuart Urquhart, the Saints keeper parried the ball up into the air and Jordan Wilson could only nod the rebound over. Midway through the half  Stoney was fouled right on the edge of box, up stepped Fraser Aird to give the keeper no chance as he blasted the ball high into the net.

The visitor’s keeper was called into action with ten minutes remaining, Aird and Stoney combined to set up a shooting chance for Dylan Dykes with the keeper diving low to his right to turn the ball wide. Then he did well to tip an Aird effort over when the Rangers player cut in and shot from the left hand angle of the box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 St.Mirren 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon (Jamie Mills 57mins), Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Jordan Wilson (Tom Walsh 72mins); Charlie Telfer, Fraser Aird, Stuart Urquhart, Andy Murdoch, Darren McGill (Dylan Dykes 61mins); Danny Stoney.

Footnote:- At the same time on an adjacent pitch Rangers Under 15’s came from 2-1 down to beat St.Mirren 4-2. The goals coming from a Hussain Kaware hat-trick and Ryan Hardie.

On Saturday Rangers Under 19’s took on Queen’s Park in a friendly as their scheduled league opponents Dunfermline Athletic are in Youth Cup action weekend. The Rangers youngsters running out 9-1 winners with goals from Darren Ramsay, Kamil Wiktorski, Tom Skogsrud, Callum Gallagher 2, Robbie Crawford, Jack Werndly, Gregor Fotheringham, Sam McMahon

With the first team in action at Tannadice I was unable to attend, there is a good report on the official website:-

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Gregor Fotheringham, Kyle McAusland, Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud (Robbie McIntyre 70mins); Darren Ramsay (Jack Werndly 58mins) , Adam Hunter, Kamil Wiktorski (Nicolaj Kohlert 58mins), Lewis McLeod (Barrie McKay 58mins), Robbie Crawford; Callum Gallagher (Sam McMahon 70mins).

Youths Meet QOTS XI

September 6, 2011

Rangers 3 Queen Of The South 2

Rangers Under 19’s took on a Queen Of The South XI in a friendly at Murray Park this afternoon. It wasn’t the best of days for defender Josh Robinson when he picked up an injury after only a few minutes and had to be replaced by Gregor Fotheringham.

Rangers came closed soon after  when a corner from the left was cleared from the penalty box, Lewis McLeod’s 25 yard effort was touched onto his left hand post by the visitor’s keeper. On ten minutes the home side took the lead, a free-kick from Barrie McKay beat the wall and found the bottom corner of the net.

Fifteen minutes later a stunning strike from Steven Degnan brought the Dumfries side level, the ball was cleared from the Rangers penalty area and he sent a first time strike into the top corner giving Blair Currie no chance. Ten minutes before the break Robbie Crawford setup a shooting chance for Kamil Wiktorski which the keeper tipped over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Queen Of The South 1

Just like the first-half the woodwork came to the visitor’s rescue in the opening minutes, Darren Ramsay’s free-kick from the right and Crawford’s header clipped the crossbar on the way over. A couple of minutes later a neat reverse pass from McKay gave Wiktorski a chance inside the box but he was thwarted by a superb defensive challenge.

On the hour mark Rangers fell behind when the defence failed to clear a corner from the left and Steven Black scored from close range. A corner at the other end two minutes later almost brought Rangers level, Kyle McAusland’s header from Crawford’s corner from the left was net bound till a defender popped up to clear from the line.

Midway through the half Rangers grabbed an equaliser, the overlapping Tom Skogsrud was fouled on the left hand side of the box Adam Hunter’s low cross was missed by everyone and found the net at the far post. With twenty minutes on the clock Rangers scored what proved to be the winner, Ramsay won the ball on the right touchline and passed to Tom Skogsrud who found himself on the right hand side of the box, from the Norwegian full-back’s cross Jack Werndly was on hand to head past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen Of The South 2

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Josh Robinson (Gregor Fotheringham 5mins), Kyle McAusland, Kim Skogsrud, Tim Skogsrud; Lewis McLeod, Kamil Wiktorski (Adam Hunter 65mins), Robbie Crawford; Darren Ramsay (Robbie McIntyre 80mins), Barrie McKay (Sam McMahon 65mins), Callum Gallagher (Jack Werndly 68mins).

Not Used:- Liam Kelly (GK)

Youth Friendly

September 3, 2011

Rangers 1 Falkirk 0

With the league game against Inverness CT postponed due to international commitments Rangers youths took on what was a very young Falkirk side in a friendly at Murray Park. A first half goal from Barrie McKay was enough to give Rangers a win in what was a uninspring performance.

There was almost a half-hour played before anything of note happened in the first-half and it was a long-range effort from  former Rangers player Connor McGrandles which Blair Currie saved comfortably. Immediately at the other end Barrie McKay’s cross from the left had Graham Bowman struggling to claw the ball clear from under his crossbar.

Ten minutes before the break the ball was worked out to Adel Gafaiti on the right and Bowman did well to dive and gather his low cross. A minute later Rangers took the lead, Gafaiti’s cross from the right found Barrie McKay in space inside the box and he controlled the ball before shooting past Bowman.

Rangers then came close twice in as many minutes before the break, first Lewis McLeod sent Jack Werndley clear on goal with Bowman coming off his line to divert his shot for a corner. From McLeod’s corner from the left Tom Skogsrud’s net bound header was cleared off the line by another former Ranger, Blair Munn.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 0

Ten minutes into the second-half a great piece of skill from McLeod on the right took him past Liam Dick, his low cross was knocked just past the near post by Callum Gallagher. The visitors then replied when Thomas Grant made progress on the left and his pass inside found McGrandles who shot wide of Currie’s left hand post.

Midway through the half a great turn inside the box from Gallagher saw him hit the byline and from his cutback McLeod looked certain to score only to be denied by Bowman with a fine point-blank save. Falkirk then had a couple of chances in the final ten minutes to snatch an equaliser, great play from McGrandles released Kieran Campbell on the right, the ball was moved via Conor Kelly to Ryan Miller with Currie diving to his left to save his shot from the edge of gthe box. Then in the final minute substitute Sandy Cunningham found himself through but he shot across goal and wide of the post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 0

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Adel Gafaiti (Marc Dyer 87mins), Kyle McAusland, Tom Skogsrud, Robbie McIntyre (Adam Hunter 75mins); Callum Gallagher, Kamil Wiktorski, Gregor Fotheringham (Robbie Crawford 70mins), Lewis McLeod, Barrie McKay (Danny O’Rourke 63mins), Jack Werndley ( Ewan McNeil 63mins).

Not Used:- Liam Kelly (GK)

Falkirk:- Graham Bowman; Liam Rowan, Jamie Barclay, Liam Dick, Lee Robertson ( Tyler Fulton 46mins); Lewis Small (Keiran Campbell 61mins), Blair Munn, Connor McGradles, Ryan Miller, Thomas Grant ( Sandy Cunningham 73mins); Conor Kelly.